Eric M. Ueland serves as the Senior Official of the Under Secretary of Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, with the delegated authorities of the Under Secretary. In this role, he leads the Department’s efforts to advance the security of the American people by assisting countries to build more democratic, secure, stable, and just societies.
Mr. Ueland rejoined the State Department in June 2020, and served as senior advisor and principal deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs. Prior to this, he served as Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs and Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs for President Donald J. Trump from June 2019 to June 2020, driving the President’s agenda on Capitol Hill, developing and sustaining support for Presidential priorities. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Director of the Domestic Policy Council from April 2019 to June 2019. There, he oversaw efforts to refine priorities for the President across an array of domestic policy challenges and opportunities.
In his first stint at the Department, Mr. Ueland served as the Director of the Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources, from October 2018 through March 2019. As Director, Mr. Ueland managed the Department of State and USAID foreign assistance budget.
Mr. Ueland has a long and extensive history of service in the United States Congress and the private sector handling significant policy, political, and procedural matters on behalf of various Senators, members of Congress, officials in the White House and throughout the executive branch, and corporations and trade associations. Prior to his appointment, he served as a senior strategy officer at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), supporting the leadership of MCC as it developed and implemented priorities at the direction of its management and Board of Directors.
Mr. Ueland served on Capitol Hill in a variety of roles. Among other responsibilities, he worked as the policy and communications director for the Senate Republican Policy Committee, to help steer policy formulation in combination with public presentation. He served as deputy chief of staff and then chief of staff for the Senate Assistant Majority Leader, Don Nickles; and then transition staffer, deputy chief of staff, and then chief of staff for the Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. In all responsibilities, Mr. Ueland worked on multiple legislative and nominations matters to understand the facts at issue, find solutions and hone approaches, build coalitions and partnerships, and create successful outcomes for his principals.
Mr. Ueland also served as staff director of the Senate Budget Committee, working to synthesize different points of view and create bicameral approaches on Federal budget, spending, tax, health, and mandatory programs. At the direction of senators, he oversaw development and passage of budgets and utilization of procedures that reflected Congressional policy outlook on significant legislative priorities under both Democratic and Republican Presidents.
In the private sector, he was vice president of the Duberstein Group in Washington, DC, an independent, bipartisan advisory and advocacy company created to assist corporations and associations understand important pending public policy questions, assess potential impacts and adapt to evolving government policies, while offering insights and advice on management, public affairs, and government relations to clients.
Mr. Ueland is a native of Portland, Oregon, and earned a B.A. in History from the University of San Francisco.